Non-participation in seminars: free rider avoidance and value maximization

READER, W. R. (2007). Non-participation in seminars: free rider avoidance and value maximization. Psychology learning and teaching, 6 (2), 121-129.

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Seminars are usually a vital part of higher education, but lack of engagement and non-participation by students can reduce their effectiveness. This article looks at non-participation from the perspective of evolutionary psychology in order to assess why, and under what conditions, it might occur. Two approaches are taken. First that students' opting out is considered a rational strategy as a result of students preferentially allocating time to those activities that maximise their chances of gaining a good degree. Second, that non-participation is partly a response to the perception that others are not pulling their weight (perceived fee riding). A questionnaire study revealed that both of these factors might account for some of the variation in participation.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
Page Range: 121-129
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 01:15

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